Mayor’s memo: Get your vaccine

By Mayor Tim Busse

Have you gotten your vaccine yet? When you have the chance to get vaccinated, don’t hesitate to take it. Each of us can make a big difference in the health and well-being of our community. We will all be in a better position to fight COVID-19 if more people become vaccinated. Together, we can put a stop to this pandemic.  

No doubt, you’ve heard a lot about vaccines lately, and some of that information can be confusing. Vaccine hesitancy is real and some populations most at risk for complications of COVID-19 are the most hesitant to get vaccinated. 

Let’s be clear: The vaccines that are currently available are effective and safe and each has provided 100% protection from hospitalization and mortality in clinical trials. Vaccines are proving to be extremely effective in protecting the people who’ve received them. Not only that, but we’re learning they are also really good at stopping the transmission of the virus to people who are not yet vaccinated. All Minnesotans 16 and older can now get vaccinated.

While the state has a path in place to vaccinate all Minnesotans, figuring out when, where, and how to get vaccinated has been a challenge for many people. 

A tool called the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector can help you to navigate your way to a vaccine. To reach the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, visit blm.mn/vaccinate or call 833-431-2053. It only takes a few minutes. The Vaccine Connector will let you know when you have become eligible for the vaccine and provide other updates along the way. 

In addition to the Vaccine Connector, you can search for local providers on the state’s vaccine finder map at mn.gov/findmyvaccine

After you’ve had your shot, be sure to continue to follow safety guidelines to protect your neighbors while they wait for their vaccine. We all need to remain vigilant and take steps to slow the spread. Wear a mask with two or more layers of fabric, keep six feet away from others, wash your hands often, stay home if you’re sick and get a COVID-19 test if you need one.  

Stay safe, be well, and do your part. Roll up your sleeves and get vaccinated, Bloomington.